Everything you need to know about Medicare

Medicare made easy

a complete guide to plan options & benefits

Throughout the recent health care debate, Americans heard that health reform could weaken or even wipe out Medicare. Now, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, experts say the reforms will likely strengthen Medicare and extend its life to 2029. That's good news, considering that millions of Americans now pay into Medicare through payroll taxes and are anxiously waiting to become eligible for its benefits.

understanding the options is critical

Even if Medicare isn't in your immediate future, learning about its coverage options should be a top priority. With a growing Silver Sneakers population, it's likely you'll end up helping a friend or family member navigate Medicare's confusing maze of coverage options.

The Medicare Resource Center is your guide through that maze, featuring an extensive collection of resources:

new series in our Medicare blog

Medigap direct mail it's a mad, mad, Medicare system

Join contributer Glenn Tornell on his journey to the "dark side of 64" ...All I know about Medicare is what I read in the papers. And it all seems very depressing.

PART 1: our protagonist gets Mad (the magazine)

PART 2: Medicare: a good deal for seniors, politicians and crooks

PART 3: How Medicare made me a (prescription) drug mule

NEW! PART 4: How Medicare supplements bridge Medicare's gaps and why you might want to invest in a paper shredder

about the medicare resource center

A project of healthinsurance.org, which was founded in 1994 as the Internet's oldest, most-trusted independent site offering consumers information on affordable medical coverage. We've worked hard to earn consumers' respect and loyalty. More...

Sponsored listings

Medicare Advantage disenrollment

Don't like your Part C plan? How you can switch (now)

Medicare-Advantage-disenrollWhile more people are choosing Medicare Advantage plans, not all are pleased with their choices. A 2012 study by The Commonwealth Fund reported that 15 percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees rated their insurance fair or poor, as compared to six percent of beneficiaries enrolled in traditional Medicare. More...